Let me just say, I was not looking forward to reading this book. I knew I should, and I love getting recommendations on what to read. I just was super reluctant to read this. As I started the book, Vonnegut's abstract writing threw me for a loop. It did not endear me to him. By the time I got to the story of Billy Pilgrim, I was ready to just stop reading, but my stubbornness got the better of me. Once I started reading about the man who was unstuck in time, I couldn't put my Kindle down. I was totally enthralled. The abstract writing started to come together, and the story was so original. I was wholly surprised.
Like usual, it's time for the lists.
What I liked about this book:
- I love how Vonnegut tells the war stories of Billy Pilgrim.
- Billy Pilgrim is quickly becoming one of my favorite literary characters, and I'm not really sure why.
- I like how Vonnegut plays with the concepts of fate and time.
What I did not like about this book:
- I didn't like the beginning part. I still don't really see the value of it. If someone would impart their opinion on the matter, I would be happy to hear it.
- I didn't like the unanswered questions. Montana Wildhack? What happened to her? What happened to the child?
- As much as I liked the concept of being unstuck in time, I didn't really enjoy the flashes to the different times in his life. I understand why there were there, but I liked the war part the best.
I definitely thought about this book when I wasn't reading it, which means that it's a good book in my world. I will definitely read another of Vonnegut's books, and I would recommend this book to certain others. I wouldn't say this is a book that everyone should read, but I liked it.